Good evening, World. [Or good morning/afternoon, depending on where you are in the globe.] Coming at you live from Cafe de Lipa in Lipa, Philippines. Ariana Grande’s ‘Side to Side’ softly emanates from the overhead speakers to set the mood on this low-key yet frisky Saturday evening. Girls are speaking Taglish in the chairs behind me, and I’ve just polished off an iced blended green tea latte likely loaded with more sugar than I care to ponder. Anywho, I thought I might pewp out a quick blurb for my WordPress faithful. [How many people actually read this stuff?? Most probably few, but all goodie…]
A bit more dust has settled since my last post, but not enough to accurately gauge a future course of action. Essentially, I gave a presentation last week for my current internship, and everyone seemed impressed with the overall content. What does this mean for potential job outlook? … Let’s not speculate too much at this point, but we’ll see what transpires.
Despite initial culture shock, the Philippines now seems a more comfortable potential home with the intriguing opportunity to learn more of Filipino culture/language etc. Roughly eight cumulative months away from the U.S. (with a brief intermission in September) has revealed a unique set of experiences and opportunities presented through work in a foreign country. Your limits are tested in countless ways; you learn to acclimate to your surroundings, to grow comfortable in an uncomfortable and at times intimidating environment. You become a more empathetic human being through the challenges encountered in this unfamiliar territory. At the same time, you learn of the innate compassionate nature of other humans regardless of cultural differences. If you have an opportunity to visit the Philippines at any point in the future, do so. While many may flock here for the beautiful mountain landscapes, or the pristine sandy beaches in more touristic regions, the best part about this country is its people – welcoming, empathetic, and genuine people. That’s all for now. I’ll keep you in the loop, if you so desire to hear more. Best regards, friends.